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Old 07-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #1
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Down to Mexico on an airhead

I left Los Angeles early on Sunday morning, June 30th. I crossed the border in Tijuana. At 9:30 Sunday morning it was deserted, three or four other vehicles. I parked the bike in Mexican customs and walked over to get my tourist card, I was the only one around and it took about 5 minutes. I had taken care of the vehicle import on line last week. A friendly wave from the customs guy and I was in Mexico. I rode along the "fence" out to the beach and got on the toll road. 60 pesos later I was in Ensenada, on the beach, weaving between tourists. The ride along the coast was cool and foggy. None of the extreme heat hitting Mexicalli and points inland. 335 miles from L.A. I stopped for the night in San Quintin. The dirt road out to The Old Mill had a few sand traps (I'd rather be held up by banditos then ride my old R100R in the sand) but the destination was worth it. A mello spot right on the harbor with a very nice restaurant, "The Molino Viejo" next door. This restaurant is owned by the company that grows tomatoes around San Quintin. Great sleep, quiet and cool.

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Old 07-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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Day 2, Monday July 1st.
I left The Old Mill Hotel early and headed south. Again, the weather was cool and foggy. I stopped at Mama Espinoza's in El Rosario for breakfast. All the stickers in the US wind-up in Baja (Cool graphics advertising Trucks, Boats, Bikes.....) stuck to every window in the state. The road headed inland and the temperature climbed higher, but not uncomfortably so. The desert landscape filled with cacti is spectacular here. I found gas in Catavina and continued south. I stopped for the night in Guerrero Negro. This feels like a wild west town with it's one main street and everything covered in dust. Another great seafood diner and a comfortable room at the Hotel Malarrimo.








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Old 07-01-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Looks like a great trip on a great motorcycle! Enjoy! Lookin for more.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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Great looking bike, have an awesome trip!


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Old 07-01-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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Day 3 started cool on the west coast. By the time I arrived in San Ignacio it was warming up, Santa Rosalia was hot, and Mulege hotter.

San Ignacio is an oasis surrounded by desert. The river rises out of the sand, gives the town fish and shady trees, then disappears back under the sand. The central square is covered by huge shade trees. At one end of the square is the mission, with it's beautiful, cool, interior.

Just before the coast, going south east, the road passes through the mountains before dropping down to the sea at Santa Rosalia. This road is road bike riding heaven. New, super smooth asphalt, tight and steep uphill and downhill sweepers, and a whitewashed verge to set off the jet black road surface against the grey desert.

Santa Rosalia was a french mining town. There are huge, disused, industrial revolution, mining machines, wood houses, and french style municipal buildings.
There is also a church by Gustave Eiffel, fabricated in france and shipped to Mexico.

Mulege seems to be a laid back little town. It also is an oasis, inland from the coast, and filled with palm trees. The Las Casitas hotel is an oasis in the oasis with a spot for the motorcycle in the courtyard.


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Gustav Eiffel church Santa Rosalia


Las Casitas, Mulege


Snug, at Las Casitas


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Looking good so far, I'll be following along...
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #8
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Hey Going South, was that you in Guerrero Negro, going north?
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Hey Going South, was that you in Guerrero Negro, going north?
No, that was Going North



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Old 07-03-2013, 07:33 PM   #10
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Day 4: 300 miles in the sun. Lots of desert and cacti between Mulege and La Paz. Found some delicious shade, water and consume soup at a roadside loncheria in Ciudad Constitucion. And a bed at the Pension California in La Paz.








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Old 07-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #11
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Nice Report!

I saw you when You first crossed the border. I was with two other guys. I was the one riding the white V-strom...Im currently in Cabo and staying here for a few days. Great to see you posting your report...I'll do mine when I get back home...Great pictures!
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:03 AM   #12
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Hi Chilango13. That was a mighty quiet border on Sunday morning. You made good time to Cabo. Looks like it's going to be a big party down there, judging from all the bikers coming through La Paz and headed that way. Have fun.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:28 PM   #13
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Very unique....

This would be a tough trip for me to do and I can understand what riding in sand is like because I hit that with road construction one year. That was totally terrible and I would never do it again! Thanks for the nice RR.....

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Old 07-05-2013, 06:07 PM   #14
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Day 5, 4th of July. After a good breakfast on the La Paz Malecon, I relaxed in the courtyard of the pension.


Who is this ADVRider from 2005 who's picture is hanging on the wall here?


Buena suerte to these guys from Fontana. We'd been leap frogging all the way down Baja. They're headed for the big party in Cabo.


I'm heading east to Mazatlan.


Had a hilarious evening with some truck drivers. The Cerveza school of spanish.


My "Cabina".


Sun setting over Baja, manta-rays jumping in the Sea of Cortez
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:36 PM   #15
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July 6:
I'm sitting in the Hotel Belmar. The sun is setting, the Mazatlan Malecon is getting crowded. There is a brass band playing somewhere nearby, radios are blasting, people are getting drunk and starting to shout. Guys with guitars are arriving, and it's really windy.






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